Did you know there are health benefits to eating chocolate?
I know right, you are intrigued now…
But it isn’t just any old bar. Don’t start popping chocolates out of the forgotten advent calendar in the cupboard! You want the good stuff. It is the artisan stuff that has all the benefits.
From the time of the ancient Aztecs, chocolate has been prized for its ability to strengthen the body and mind. Not to mention its supposedly powerful aphrodisiac properties.
Funnily enough, researchers are still heavily delving into the mysterious healing powers of chocolate. Of course, this is research we heavily support! While this research continues, there are already plenty of studies which show there are definite health benefits hidden within the humble cacao bean.
However, not all chocolate is created equal. Those highly processed, big-brand blocks that line the supermarket shelves are a world away from small batch, lovingly-crafted artisan varieties. They provide very little of the same benefits – if any.
Let’s delve into some of the health benefits you can expect when enjoying delicious artisan chocolate.
The Health Benefits Of Artisan Chocolate
Lower Sugar Content
Artisanal chocolate doesn’t rely heavily on sugar for flavour or enjoyment.
While there is indeed sugar in most varieties of the sweet brown treat, artisan varieties contain a great deal less than the bigger brands. Many artisans add sweetness using natural sugars or ingredients. That adds to the flavour and means you can enjoy their treats in moderation without massive sugar spikes.
Rich In Antioxidants
Science has proven that cacao beans are high in flavonoids. That is what gives chocolate its powerful antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants can reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help prevent heart disease. They also fight free radicals that build up in the body, damaging cells. Therefore, they can potentially prevent a whole lot of nasty diseases.
Dark chocolate is the best source of antioxidants. So, go for chocolate with at least a 70% cocoa content for these benefits.
Increased Brain Function
Eating quality artisan chocolate can boost your brain power!
A compound called theobromine works in a similar manner to caffeine, improving memory and focus. As a bonus, theobromine can even harden your tooth enamel more effectively than fluoride. Chocolate infused toothpaste anyone?
When you read the back of a big brand chocolate bar, you can guarantee there will be a long list of ingredients that you don’t recognise.
In comparison, artisan chocolatiers take great pride in their craft. Every component used in the creation of their masterpieces is carefully selected. Many prefer to use organic products.
You won’t find any hidden nasties in their chocolates. So you don’t have to worry about added fats, sugars, chemicals and preservatives. And because the aim of creating artisan chocolates is to accentuate the flavour of the cacao bean, there is minimal processing involved throughout the journey from bean to bar. That means you get all the possible goodness from those natural ingredients.
Chocolate has long been the favoured gift and snack of lovers (check out our Valentines blog to read why). And for good reason. Although science hasn’t conclusively proven that the cacao bean has aphrodisiac properties, there is no questioning that it’s a great mood booster. Triggering a burst of serotonin – the feel-good hormone – in your body, it is a natural mood lifter which mimics the delicious sensation of falling in love.
No Binging Required!
Because artisan chocolate has higher amounts of cacao, it is incredibly satisfying. A sweet craving can be fixed with only one or two pieces of high-quality artisan products. You get all the health benefits of cacao without overloading on fat and sugar.
Artisan chocolate is designed to be a treat for your body and taste buds. But as with anything, you can have too much of a good thing. All the research agrees that these health benefits come from eating small amounts of high-quality chocolate. Make sure you enjoy your journey into the world of craft chocolate in moderation!
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